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BY MARC LEVY, Associated Press, November 21, 2016                                                                        Click to full report from abc27.com

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HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) – Democratic Gov. Tom Wolf is vetoing legislation that would have restricted the situations in which police officers are identified after firing their weapon or using force that results in death or serious injury.

Wolf rejected the legislation Monday, after it passed both the Republican-controlled House and Senate by veto-proof majorities last month.

In his veto message, Wolf says the law would have withheld important information from the public. He says he’s deeply concerned for the safety of police officers, but that police departments are best equipped to decide what information is appropriate to release to the public.

The bill mandated the release of the officer’s name if he or she was charged with a crime. But the officer’s name could’ve been withheld if an investigation didn’t produce charges.

Representative White to reintroduce the bill

BY MILES SNYDER, 27abc.com, November 21, 2016                                                                               Click for full report from 27abc.com

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HARRISBURG, Pa. (WHTM) – A Pennsylvania lawmaker is vowing to reintroduce legislation that restricts when police officers are identified after firing their weapon or using force that results in death or serious injury.

Rep. Martina White (R-Philadelphia) said she’ll introduce the bill in the next legislative session. Democratic Gov. Tom Wolfvetoed the measure on Monday.

White said her proposal would have delayed police departments from releasing officer’s names for 30 days unless criminal charges are filed or an investigation is completed sooner.9k

“Shootings are increasingly political,” White said in a statement. “That places the lives of our officers and the lives of their family members in danger. While we need transparency whenever police are involved in a shooting, we owe our officers basic protection from threats.”

Wolf said he’s deeply concerned for the safety of police officers, but he said situations where law enforcement uses deadly force demand transparency or “a harmful mistrust will grow between police officers and the communities they protect and serve.”

“Further, I cannot allow local police department policies to be superseded and transparency to be criminalized, as local departments are best equipped to decide what information is appropriate to release to the public,” he said in a statement.

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